On this day in 1995: Srebrenica, a “Safe Area”

From IISG:

Srebrenica, a safe area cartoon, Peter van Straaten, 2002, Van Straaten collection, Press Museum. BG PM4/179 of 215

On 11 July 1995 the Bosnian Serbian army enters the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica. Thousands of Muslims seek protection in the compound of the Dutch UN peace mission. Dutchbat stands idly by while the men are separated from the women and children and taken away in buses. The Bosnian Serbs murdered more than 7000 defenseless men as the Dutch soldiers return home at the end of July amidst elaborate praise. On 10 April 2002 the NIOD (Dutch Institute for War Documentation) publishes an official research report, “Srebrenica, a ‘safe area'”. One week later Prime Minister Wim Kok, who was prime minister during the terrifying disgrace in 1995 as well, decides to resign.

See also:

•  Peter van Straaten collection in the Memory of the Netherlands

Previously: 6 April.

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